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Stars pay tribute to the late Joan O'Hara

Noel Pearson knows how to throw a great party and the post-premiere bash for his latest movie, How About You, in Harvey Nicks on Wednesday night was no exception.

Maeve Binchy arrived in a Volvo limo (How About You is adapted from a short story written by Maeve) accompanied by husband Gordon Snell.

Noel Pearson was accompanied by his very glamorous partner, Rosemary Roche. Orla Brady (who plays Kate Harris) was there, as was the film's director, Anthony Byrne, who was accompanied by Natalie Dormer. Natalie plays Anne Boleyn in The Tudors, which has just finished shooting the second series in Ireland. Also in attendance was Sebastian Barry, son of the late Joan O'Hara who played Alice in the film -- the last she ever made.

Other guests included Seamus Smith who launches his autobiography next week, John Kelleher, Frank Kelly, PJ Mara and Mary McEvaddy, Don Nugent from Dundrum shopping centre, Cathy Pearson, Nuala and Frank Moiselle, playwright Tom Murphy, Jane Brennan, Valerie Craughwell, Mary Coffey and Jane Gogan.

The charity premiere was in aid of The Alzheimer's Society of Ireland and An Cosan. Paddy Bollard organised everything, which meant it was a high-energy evening for everyone. Before the premiere, Maurice O'Connell, CEO Alzheimer Society of Ireland, spoke briefly, as did Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan -- co-founders of An Cosan. The film was then introduced by Anthony Byrne, and received a terrific reception.

After the screening producer Noel Pearson spoke and members of the cast and crew joined him to great applause. Noel paid tribute to the late Joan O'Hara, to whom the film is dedicated. The party went on until the early hours.

The drinks reception was sponsored by Harvey Nichols and executive chef at First Floor Restaurant, Thomas Haughton, pulled out all the stops in creating the most exquisite canapes for the guests.

How About You will be released nationwide next Friday. It tells the story of a footloose and fearless young woman who is left in charge of a residential home owned and run by her older sister.

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